European paper talk: Barcelona win race to sign Frenkie de Jong

All the latest from across the European press

Frenkie De Jong during the UEFA Champions League third round qualifying match between Ajax and Royal Standard de Liege at Johan Cruyff Arena on August 14, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Image: Frenkie De Jong has joined Barcelona, according to reports

Barcelona have won the race to sign Ajax star Frenkie De Jong, plus more from Wednesday's European press.

Our friends at Football Whispers have brought together the top news from around Europe as the transfer window nears its conclusion.


Barcelona have won the race for De Jong. The 21-year-old's agent reportedly sent Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, the two other interested parties, a message saying "Thanks for your interest, but Frenkie goes to Barca." (Mundo Deportivo)

Eden Hazard has turned down two opportunities to renew his contract at Chelsea, with the current deal due to expire in the summer of 2020. However, the Belgian is concerned about the lack of noise coming from Real Madrid about a potential move. (AS)

Alvaro Morata will be joining Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan. The La Liga club will pay €7.5m (£6.6m) for his services until the end of the 2019/20 season, and will have a £35-40m option to buy the Spanish striker for good. (Cadena Ser)

Image: Alvaro Morata is on his way out of Chelsea

Atletico Madrid winger Gelson Martinez is a Newcastle United transfer target. The Magpies want to take the Portugal international on loan and hope a fee of around £4.3m will be enough to bring the 23-year-old to St James' Park until the end of the season. (AS)


Wilfried Zaha has been identified by Borussia Dortmund as a potential replacement for Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic. The German club were keen on the 26-year-old last year but were put off by Crystal Palace's €50m (£44m) valuation. However, they have reignited their interest after selling the American youngster. (Sport Bild)

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Liverpool have entered the running to try to tempt young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi away from Chelsea. The 18-year-old is a Bayern Munich transfer target, but now a club closer to home has opened talks for the winger. (Sport Bild)


Marcelo has made it clear that he wants to go to Juventus, telling bosses at Real Madrid that if the Serie A side make an offer for him, he'd like to be given the chance to leave. (Tuttosport)

Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are interested in Ivan Perisic. The 28-year-old has been a Manchester United transfer target before and the Premier League side remain interested. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Inter Milan are still courting Luka Modric. Representatives from the club have gone to Madrid to try and get a deal done for the 33-year-old. (Corriere dello Sport)

Luka Modric netted early on for Real Madrid
Image: Luka Modric has been linked with Inter Milan


Mario Balotelli is set to join Marseille from Nice in a six-month contract. The 28-year-old hasn't scored this season or made an appearance in seven weeks. (L'Equipe)

Paris Saint-Germain have been fined €100,000 (£87,500) by the French football league (LFP) for the policy of racially profiling youth signings, although the disciplinary commission said that the club did not use the data gathered for discriminatory purposes. At the same time, a legal investigation has been opened by the Paris prosecutor's office which could potentially result in a €300,000 (£262,500) fine and five years in prison. (Le Parisien)

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